Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Nopalitos - Tender Cactus

This jar of cactus has sat in the cupboard for many months. I kind of forgot about it some of the time and didn't feel like trying it whenever I did see it in the cupboard, the other times.

Tonight though we were having some "Mexican" food - so I decided it was time to get it out.

Both kids were eager to give it a taste. If I'm kind of apprehensive about tasting something - I let my girl go first :)

Dd - "It's like salty asparagus...I think it's pickled...Can I have another one?...Pretty good. I love it!

Ds - "It's slimy!...I don't like it. Too slimy!"

Me - It was pickled but not as flavorful as a jar of dill pickles. It was indeed slimy - ugh! Kind of reminded me of pickled okra. Not a whole lot of flavor - I didn't like it.

The ingredients - tender cactus, water, onions, cilantro, serrano peppers, salt, vinegar.

After tasting I read the small print: "Drain and rinse under running water." Hmmm maybe that would have removed some of the slimy consistency...

Made in Mexico.


CanadianGrandma said...

I know that you have to rinse okra for five minutes under running water, so maybe it is the same for the cactus.I don't think that I'll sample the cactus.

Anonymous said...

I'm engaged to a Mexican - nopales are great chopped up in scrambled eggs! add some beans and corn tortillas on the side and you have one heck of a breakfast!